How to Deal With Common Indoor Air Pollutants

In a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the top five air quality problems in the country occur indoors. They’re caused by common pollutants that fall into one of four categories: VOCs, combustion byproducts, and biological and legacy pollutants. If not addressed correctly, they can affect the health and comfort of your households. Our air conditioning and heat pump inspection experts discuss some of the common pollutants below:


Combustion Pollutants

These include carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxide, and water vapor produced by gas-fired appliances. Although vehicles are one of the largest outdoor contributors of CO, it’s the gas heaters and kerosene lamps that produce CO pollutants indoors. Exposure to these pollutants can lead to health problems, as they affect the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.


This substance is a mineral fiber that naturally occurs on rocks and soil. Asbestos is mainly found in construction materials such as roofing shingles and insulation. Fire retardants and friction products for vehicles also carry it. However, too much exposure can lead to several health issues, which is why all imports and manufacturing of asbestos-related materials are banned in many states.

Secondhand Smoke

Also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), this is a mixture of the smoke released by burning tobacco products. When exposed, it’s usually referred to as passive smoking. This is classified by the EPA as a Group A carcinogen, meaning it can contain more than 7,000 substances and can lead to long-term health problems.

Keeping Your Indoors Clean

Many indoor pollutants affect human health. But as long as your HVAC system works effectively, you won’t have to worry about your home’s indoor air quality. Work with a professional air conditioning service technician who has the skills and expertise necessary to provide quality maintenance services for your heating and cooling equipment.

To reduce the number of indoor pollutants, you should regularly check and clean your air filter. They keep them from circulating in your home and depending on the filter grade and how often you use your unit, you should at least clean and/or replace the filter once every 90 days. Investing in a whole-home air purification system also works, as it can effectively eliminate pollutants and allergens.

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